Wednesday , July 18 2018

Great expectations from Balakrishna’s Gautamiputra Satakarni

Balakrishna and Shriya Saran talk about the encounters, and what made their shooting so much fun.


They were previously seen together in the 2002 movie Chennakesava Reddy. Currently, almost 14 years later, Balakrishna and Shriya had teamed up for the historical play Gautamiputra Satakarni.

Both are history graduates and are excited about their future film, not just because it’s a vital film, but also because of their curiosity in the subject.

“We were trained about so many mythical figures of Indian history but Gautamiputra Satakarni wasn’t one of them. I was shocked to learn of his prominence,” shares Shriya as Balakrishna marks in, “We just heard of him, perhaps read a few lines and that’s it. But knowing him and carrying his complete story to life through this movie has been a remarkable experience. We all became so enthralled in the story that it wasn’t cool to bid bye-bye.” Shriya says, “The last day of the shooting really distressed me since I didn’t want the beautiful experience to end.”

Was employed together diverse this time round? Though Balayya is quick to respond in the negative, Shriya clarifies, “It’s a totally different setting and movie, so it was not the same as before. Our connections and discussions were so different. This movie required a lot of exertion, from dialogues to the method we dressed. In that way, we did bond.”

Reconstructing history

The movie traces the life of a monarch who lived in the Satavahana times and a lot of exertion must have been placed to ensure legitimacy.
“The whole process was very extravagant. The investigation went into everything — the sort of clothes they wore the footwear they put on, the jewelers they used…” clarifies Balakrishna, enlightening that experts were referred. Shriya puns about the footwear. “We had to bond them and they took a truly long time to wear! They retained coming off and we had to tie them again,” she evokes.

Building the milestone

Balakrishna replicates on the procedure and his last choice of the story for his 100th movie. “It wasn’t simple to make a verdict about this milestone movie. I sought numerous scripts and heeded to a lot of tales, but I had a lot of prospects from this movie and wanted it to be extraordinary. That’s when Gautamiputra Satakarni unpredictably came to me and things just deck into place,” he speaks.

The hero is charged up about the movie. “From the time this movie began, I have been actually happy with the things progressing and am honored to be a part of it. I take it as an honor,” he says.

Reinventing an era which isn’t extensively known about can be interesting, but both the artists say that with director Krish at the rudder, it wasn’t the circumstance. “When you have an individual like Krish, who’s got a lot of clearness, controlling you, there’s no motive to worry,” says Shriya as Balakrishna says, “We were cautious in our depiction and confirmed we were compelling the truth to the audience.”

The nervousness

“Why should I be nervous?” asks Balakrishna, speaking about his state of mind before the movie’s release. Shriya though admits that she was nervous on the first day of capturing. “But the anxiety makes you want to do better! You wish to show yourself there’s no worry about and do not want to let down commons trust in you,” she speaks.

The competition

When asked about the rivalry at the box-office this Sankranti, the duo says it’s the festive period and they want everybody to reap the welfares of it. “In Hindi they say, sabka bhala ho aur sabse pehle hamara bhala ho!” jokes Shriya. Balakrishna says on a farewell note, “It’s the industry which is going to profit after all.”


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